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WWII era planes flying over Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Turn your eyes to the skies in the tri-states this weekend, as you're likely to get a glimpse of dozens of World War II era planes. For the fourth time, Dubuque is the last stop for dozens of Morth american trainer association pilots -- before the large experimental aircraft association next week.

"We practice formations. Get people qualified for flying formation and quite a few of the people will go over to Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the EAA Airventure," Stoney Stonich said.

These planes are called AT-6 Texans or SNJs.

"It was designed as a trainer aircraft for the military and was used by the U.S. Military during WWII and would up being used by 23 different countries over its carreer," Stonich said.

17-thousand of the planes were built in the US and Canada during the war.

"It's a two-seater trainer and almost every fighter pilot of the U.S. Military flew one of these at one time in his career, mostly in training," Stonich said.

Now, pilots from around the country pay between 125 and 250 thousand dollars to buy one and more to maintain and take to the skies, but getting these planes airborne again is of course, a lot of fun.

"Why do people bowl? Why do people go skiing? It's something they enjoy doing." Stonich said.

But, flying is also an honor.

"They fly for fun and they fly them to honor the vets that flew during the war," Stonich said.

You can check out all of the action in the skies this weekend by coming down to the Dubuque Regional Airport. There you'll be guided by signs to watch the action overhead. Be sure to bring a lawnchair. Veterans are invited to the hanger.

Online Reporter: Jamie Grey

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